During the Logan County Commission meeting held Monday, June 4, the Logan County Commission granted Logan County Pound Adoptables (LCPA) as the sole
A letter, read by Commission President Danny Godby, from the LCPA explained that the organization was a group of volunteers from the area who were concerned with the welfare of animals. The organization requested, among various items, full partnership with the commission on the Logan County Animal Pound. That partnership would include working with the commission on relocating the pound to a more accessible area; better air quality and ventilation system; air conditioning; bedding; new runs; self-watering bowls; paint and other physical upgrades; full support of volunteer efforts to transport animals to rescue facilities or to a newly established foster program; fund-raising activities which would provide transportation, vaccinations and necessities for Logan County animals; support of educational activities for the proper care of pets; financial support for grant writing; aid with the ongoing maintenance of the Logan County Animal Pound and media support.
The letter noted that the Logan County Pound was a high-kill facility with poor conditions for both animals and workers.
The group also requested that the commission appoint them as the sole connection with the commission in any and all decisions based on the welfare of the animals and treatment of the animals to be first addressed with the group.
Godby said that a prior meeting between the commissioners, members of the LCPA and Summer Wyatt, director of the West Virginia Humane Society was very informational and helpful.
“It was a very good meeting. A lot of things were discussed about things that can be done now and some other things that could be done at a later time,” said Godby.
Godby said that following a discussion, it was decided that the lead agency looking after the welfare of the pound animals would be the LCPA.
“Anyone else interested in the welfare of these animals can work with Judy and her group,” said Godby. “We don’t want to see animals killed and we appreciate people who want to come in and help out. On the other hand, we can’t get everything done at this time, but there are some things we can do … some things we can try to do and some things we will do.”
Rocky Adkins, Logan County Administrator, reported on the ongoing improvements at the pound.
“Since our meeting, we have already been doing some research,” said Adkins. “Judy brought in some more information on what to seal the floor with. We are looking at putting some cages in because the wiring on those now are messed up.”
Adkins said many groups have come before the commission on behalf of the pound.
“But guess what? They never returned when they learned what a daunting task it was,” said Adkins. “You are really stepping up. If you are committed, these guys are committed. With your help, these guys can make it happen.”
“We know we can’t save them all,” said Workman. “But we can’t save none if we don’t try.”
Other commission business included:
• The appointment of Mark Hobbs as the fiduciary administrator for the estate of Wilkie Plumley.
• A presentation of a Kentucky Colonel certificate by W.Va. Senator Art Kirkendoll to Logan County Circuit Judge Eric O’Briant.
• The West Virginia Dream 16 and under AAU Basketball team was given a $500 donation to attend the U.S. Basketball Association National Tournament in Myrtle Beach.
• STOP Coalition was given $2,000 to help expand their facility from an eight bed drug rehabilitation facility to a 13 bed facility.
The next Logan County Commission meeting will be Tuesday, June 26, at 3 p.m.